The college football season is upon us, which means chairgaters across America will be very busy every Saturday until January. Although enjoying all the best games from the comfort of your favorite chair is a delicacy most of us look forward to every week, could you image having the ability to travel and witness the best college football games each week in person?
If you had unlimited funds, a sweet RV and all the time in the world, wouldn’t you want to spend every weekend of the season watching college football at the actual stadiums? By breaking down some of the best rivalries as well as best stadiums to watch a college football game, I have compiled the ultimate college football road trip map for 2018.
You’ll get a solid dose of some traditional Big Ten football early in the season before the weather gets too cold while also getting to experience the new stadium at Colorado State.
- August 25: Canvas Stadium – Fort Collins, CO | Hawaii vs Colorado State
- August 30: TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN | New Mexico State vs Minnesota
- August 31: Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, WI | Western Kentucky vs Wisconsin
- September 1: Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame, IN | Michigan vs Notre Dame
After enjoying some Big Ten football, in week 2 you’ll get to travel to the Lone Star State where football is king. After watching the cross-town rivals of TCU and SMU play in Dallas, you’ll have the pleasure of watching the 12th Man traditions of the Aggies as they take on No. 2 Clemson.
- September 7: Gerald J. Ford – Dallas, TX | TCU vs SMU
- September 8: Kyle Field – College Station, TX | Clemson vs Texas A&M
You’ll have a bit of a drive from Texas to North Carolina but at least you have 5 days of easy travel to watch an ACC matchup in Winston-Salem. After that it’s back to Texas to watch the Longhorns take on the Trojans for a big showdown in Austin.
- September 13: BB&T Field – Winston-Salem, NC | Boston College vs Wake Forest
- September 14: day off to drive
- September 15: Texas Memorial Stadium – Austin, TX | USC vs Texas
Week 4 is a bit of a drag at the beginning as you watch Penn State likely dismantle the Fighting Illini. The next day however, you’ll get to enjoy one of the largest stadiums in college football in a heated SEC East rivalry game.
- September 21: Memorial Stadium – Champaign, IL | Penn State vs Illinois
- September 22: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN | Florida vs Tennessee
In week 5, you’ll get a nice combination of Pac-12 and Big Ten football. Luckily, Boulder, Colorado is a fairly close drive to Lincoln, Nebraska where you’ll have the pleasure of attending the most consecutively sold-out stadium in football.
- September 28: Folsom Field – Boulder, CO | UCLA vs Colorado
- September 29: Memorial Stadium – Lincoln, NE | Purdue vs Nebraska
Although it might not be the same team it was when Lamar Jackson was winning the Heisman trophy, Louisville is still one of the best football experiences in the ACC. Speaking of a memorable college football experience, the next day, you’ll have the pleasure of watching the Buckeyes play in Columbus.
- October 5: Cardinal Stadium – Louisville, KY | Georgia Tech vs Louisville
- October 6: Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH | Indiana vs Ohio State
Prepare for a week of travel as you bounce from Fort Worth, where you’ll watch TCU take on Texas Tech in a Big 12 match-up, to Tulsa, Oklahoma to watch the unofficial 2017 National Champions, UCF. After that, you’ll get to attend one of the loudest stadiums in college football against a cross-division SEC rival in Louisiana.
- October 11: Amon G. Stadium – Fort Worth, TX | Texas Tech vs TCU
- October 12: Chapman Stadium – Tulsa, OK | USF vs Tulsa
- October 13: Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA | Georgia vs LSU
After plenty of southern football, week 8 will take you up to the blue turf of Boise State in Idaho. Better head out right after the game though to make it to the historic Rose Bowl in California for some Pac-12 football.
- October 19: Albertson Stadium – Boise ID | Colorado State vs Boise State
- October 20: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA | Arizona vs UCLA
After enjoying the Rocky Mountains, you’ll get to drive across the country to watch West Virginia in the Appalachians then shoot down to Florida for an ACC rivalry game.
- October 25: Milan Puskar Stadium – Morgantown, WV | Baylor vs West Virginia
- October 27: Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL | Clemson vs Florida State
In week 10, it’s back up to the Appalachian Mountains to the beautiful and historic campus in Charlottesville before witnessing a huge Big Ten battle between Penn State and Michigan in the largest stadium in college football.
- November 2: Scott Stadium – Charlottesville, VA | Pitt vs Virginia
- November 3: Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI | Penn State vs Michigan
Unfortunately, week 11 is a bit of a drag and a lot of driving. You’ll get to enjoy some MACtion in Buffalo before watching NC State in Raleigh, with a day of driving in between. After the ACC game, you’ll have another day of driving before watching the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry game between Georgia Tech and UGA in the excellent college town of Athens.
- November 6: UB Stadium – Buffalo, NY | Kent State vs Buffalo
- November 7: day off to drive
- November 8: Carter-Finely Stadium – Raleigh, NC | Wake Forest vs NC State
- November 9: day off to drive
- November 10: Stanford Stadium – Athens, GA | Georgia Tech vs Georgia
Similar to the previous week, week 12 has a day of driving in between each game as well. After watching an Ivy League football game in the historic Harvard Stadium, you’ll get a day to drive across the country to Houston to watch the Cougars. After another day of driving you’ll get to experience one of the coolest traditions in college football, Virginia Tech’s Enter Sandman Entrance.
- November 13: Harvard Stadium – Boston, MA | Columbia vs Harvard
- November 14: day off to drive
- November 15: TDECU Stadium – Houston, TX | Tulane vs Houston
- November 16: day off to drive
- November 17: Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VA | Miami vs Virginia Tech
Prepare for one hell of a college football week. You get to start the week with some MACtion in Oxford, Ohio before driving to the Oxford of Mississippi for the historic Egg Bowl rivalry. After watching the Tigers play Houston in Memphis. You’ll travel to Tuscaloosa to watch the best rivalry in college football, the Iron Bowl.
- November 20: Yager Stadium – Oxford, OH | Ball State vs Miami of Ohio
- November 21: day off to drive
- November 22: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, MS | Mississippi State vs Ole Miss
- November 23: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, TN | Houston vs Memphis
- November 24: Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, AL | Auburn vs Alabama
Conference Championship Week
Although there are plenty of great college football conference championships to watch, the SEC will surely be the most exciting and impactful once again.
- December 1: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA | SEC Championship
No college football road trip would be complete without witnessing the most historic college football rivalry, Army vs Navy.
- December 8: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA | Army vs Navy
The ultimate college football road trip of 2018 comes to a close, as well as the year, with the bowl games. After 5 days of enjoying the weather in Florida, you will travel to Alabama for one last bowl game before the Christmas break. Hopefully you remember to bring your cowboy hat because after Christmas you’ll be spending 5 days travelling between exciting bowl games across Texas. On your way west after El Paso, you will head to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. After 6 days off, your road trip will officially come to an end at the National Championship in California.
- December 15: World Stadium – Orlando, FL | Cure Bowl
- December 18: FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, FL | Boca Raton Bowl
- December 20: Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL | Gasparilla Bowl
- December 22: Legion Field – Birmingham, AL | Birmingham Bowl
- December 23-25: Christmas break
- December 26: Cotton Bowl – Dallas, TX | First Responder Bowl
- December: 27: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX | Texas Bowl
- December 28: Alamodome – San Antonio, TX | Alamo Bowl
- December 29: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX | Cotton Bowl | Playoff
- December 31: Sun Bowl Stadium – El Paso, TX | Sun Bowl
- January 1: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ | Fiesta Bowl
- January 7: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA | National Championship